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10 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend

By Ellen Walker
2nd Jul 2020

Unlike the rest of the country, Melbourne is still in some sort of lockdown limbo, and your ability to leave the house and score yourself some sweet, sweet social interaction will ride on your postcode. Fortunately, there are still plenty of digital happenings for those stuck inside. 

Stay safe out—or in—there.

All Weekend

Melbourne International Jazz Festival: These Digital Times 

Fire up the laptop and plug in the aux cord. Wait, it’s bluetooth now, right? Times change, and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival has adapted to stay ahead of the curve with an online program happening now until Saturday 25 July. 

The festival is supported by Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne and community charitable trust The Vizard Foundation, so you can expect high definition streams and exceptional international guests including Ray Charles and Van Morisson collaborator,  Joey DeFrancesco (USA). 

What: Melbourne International Jazz Festival: These Digital Times
When: Now until Saturday 25 July
For more information, click

Heide Reopening Weekend

Heide has reopened under heightened health and safety measures with five new Australian exhibitions. Headlining the bill is Joy Hester: Remember Me, which is a stunning look into the late artist’s career, creative process and personal life. 

You’ll need to book ahead for a timed visit to Joy Hester: Remember Me, then, you’re free to roam Heide’s other galleries and tranquil gardens.

What: Heide Reopening Weekend
When: Saturday 4 July and Sunday 5 July
For more information, click

Melbourne Star Private Cabin

Take your social distancing to new heights with a private cabin on the Melbourne Star. You have the option of a first-class ticket upon booking, which will get you a complimentary glass of bubbly—or preferred bev from the lounge menu—for your round flight 120 metres up in the air.

What: Melbourne Star | First Class Flight
For more information, click here.

High Cheese At The Westin

The ever-popular High Cheese at The Westin is back in business. For the weekly event, the team from The Westin has called in Maker & Monger's Anthony Femia to help create three tiers of epic cheese. It’s happening daily as of Friday 3 July, you’ll score more cheese than you can imagine for $70 a head.

What: High Cheese At The Westin 
Where: The Westin Hotel, 205 Collins Street, Melbourne
For more information, click

Thursday 2 July

MSO: Thursday Night With The Symphony

It’s not quite as serene as parking up on the Sidney Myer Music Bowl’s lawn for a spot of classical jams with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, but that shouldn’t stop you from recreating the experience at home. 

Lay down a rug in the lounge and tune in to the MSO’s live performance at 7:30pm. Tonight, they’ll be playing the work of Strauss, Elgar, Boccherini and Gabrieli.

What: A Night In With The MSO
When: Thursday 2 July, 7:30pm to 8:30pm
For more information, click

Friday 3 July

Heroes | Bottomless Cocktails And Karaoke

Melbourne’s most raucous karaoke joint and bar, Heroes, is back open, and they’re doing bottomless cocktails with a karaoke session at $47 per person/performer/trainwreck. As with anything outside of the home, tickets are going damn fast, so book in stat—and don’t forget to practise social distancing when you’re out and about.

What: Bottomless Cocktails And Karaoke
When: Friday 3 July, various sessions available
Where: Heroes, 188 Bourke Street, Melbourne
For more information, click

Sunset Streaming 

Every Friday, St Kilda Village is setting up a DJ atop one of the suburb’s iconic locations, and this week, party veteran Spacey Space will be throwing down from Luna Park’s rooftop. Your best bet is to tune in from home here, but if you happen to be in St Kilda, keep an ear out and soak up the ambience if you’re close by. 

What: Sunset Streaming 
When: Friday 4 july, 4pm to 6pm
For more information: click

Saturday 4 July

Take Off On A Lighthouse Walk

Victoria is home to some beautiful walks, and now is the time to get away from the big smoke to catch some fresh air—and to keep your distance from the general public. There are plenty of strolls to choose from, but why not make your selection with lighthouses as the priority? 

Head down to Aireys Inlet and you can relive some of your favourite after-school memories by checking out the lighthouse from TV show Round The Twist.

What: Lighthouse Walks
For more information, click

NGV | Japanese Modernism Exhibition 

The NGV’s doors are open under heightened health and safety measures to keep you safe and indulging in art. There’s plenty to see, but one exhibition that shouldn’t be missed is Japanese Modernism. The program dives deep into the intersection of traditional Japanese art with European culture earlier in the 20th century.

Entry is free, but bookings are essential.

What: NGV | Japanese Modernism Exhibition
Where: 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
For more information, click

Cherry Bar 

Maybe the world’s best rock n roll bar, Cherry Bar has reopened on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. This Saturday, catch Black Cab performing while you get comfy from your dinner table on the d-floor; each ticket includes three drinks and dinner supplied by Tazio.

What: Cherry Bar Reopening
When: Saturday 4 July, 7pm and 10pm
Where: 68 Little Collins Street

For more information, click here.

Check out everything else happening in Melbourne here.

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